After the presidential election fiasco, Palm Beach have replaced their voting machines with shiny new electronic voting terminals, at a cost of $14m.
Recently, they carried out a mock election to test the new machines. Some voters complained that their votes weren’t counted. In response, the manufacturers of the voting machines said that the machines were “self-auditing” and would not miscount votes..
Although the machines indicated that they were operating correctly, some pesky humans continued to doubt it and asked for an independent review. They were told by the supervisor of elections that because opening the machine voids the warranty, nobody but the manufacturer would be allowed to look inside one to see if it was working correctly. Meanwhile, the manufacturer confidently assures everyone that the machines are working correctly. So, that’s all right then.
I wish I was making this up.